Sunday, December 16, 2012

Clarissa Johal - Between

Welcome to the bayou, Clarissa. A great place to talk about the paranormal. Tell us a little about why you wrote Between.


Thank you for hosting me in your blog, Rita!

I fell into the genre of paranormal by accident. I started out writing young adult fantasy. Half-way through the second installment of my series, I was hit by two characters that didn’t belong in a young adult fantasy novel. Ghosts? Guardian and Death Spirits? What kind of wacky ideas were these? I kept setting the ideas and characters aside, but they would come back, stronger than ever. And so I started BETWEEN, a paranormal story for adults. I had the rough draft in a month and the complete finished novel a year later. I must say, I’ve been pulled into the Otherworld permanently. The ideas come faster than I can type them and I love presenting the paranormal in new and intriguing ways. Enjoy! J

How far would you go to redeem yourself?


As a young girl, Lucinda was able to see spirits, a gift that didn't come without its problems. Now, a dedicated young veterinarian, she is committed to the idea that every life can be saved.

After a devastating accident, Lucinda tries to escape her past by moving to a small town. There, she meets a newcomer and feels an immediate connection with him. But there is another mysterious stranger to the small town, one that stirs within her a mixture of unease and desire.

As Lucinda is drawn into a bitter tug-a-war from the forces around her, she is likewise pulled into a dangerous twist of past and present events. Forced to make difficult choices, she finds that the two men are locked in not only a battle for her life...but a battle for their salvation.


A young woman stood beside the bed, anguish on her face. She looked vaguely familiar, though Lucinda couldn’t place her. The forgotten colors of her blousy dress had faded into indistinct shades of grey. The woman grasped Lucinda’s hand and pressed a key into it. Lucinda felt the jagged, metal edges pricking her skin. Somewhere in the distance, a car engine roared to life. The woman’s lips moved but the growling engine drowned out all other sound. The sound became louder.

Growling. Darwin was growling.

Darwin?” Lucinda woke with a start.

The shepherd growled again and hopped off the bed, padding into the living room.

A quiet knock sounded from the front door. Lucinda rolled out of bed to answer it.

Pushing Darwin aside to open the door, she peered sleepily into the moonlit night. A breeze blew across the clearing, stirring the grass. Confused, she shut the door before the breeze could make its way inside.

“Come on back to bed, Darwin. Nobody there.”

As she pulled the blanket up to her chin, the knocking started again.

Lucinda slipped out of bed and walked back into the living room. The sound clearly came from the other side of the door, faint but unmistakable. She slid her hand quietly over the knob. At once, the knocking stopped. Turning the knob slowly, she pulled the door open a crack, heart pounding in her chest.

“Hello?” An icy breeze slipped by her thigh as the scent of ozone assailed her senses. Her heart beat erratically. “Darwin, no!” The dog tried to push past her, growling once more. Rattled, Lucinda closed the door with a bang and locked it.

Lucinda lay in bed and shivered, unable to get warm. A chill slipped under her covers, stealing up her spine. The smell of roses clung to her blanket, the warmth from their scent seemed to be at war with the cold. An hour passed and she finally dropped off to sleep.

For the remainder of the night, the two unseen presences in her room remained at an impasse.

 Sounds pretty spooky, Clarissa. I definitely want to read the book!

 About the author:

Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles.

Clarissa shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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Anonymous said...

Hey hey! I can leave a comment here. Nice post. I enjoyed it. And welcome to the world of the paranormal Clarissa - I agree it's a lot of fun, which is why I've written and will continue to write paranormal stories (though I usually just call them "horror"). Good luck with your release.

(SS Hampton, Sr., Musa author)

Eleni Konstantine said...

LOL on the wacky ideas, Clarissa! Glad you found paranormal fiction.

Clarissa Johal said...

Thank you for hosting me, Rita!

Sharon Ledwith said...

Congrats on your new 'baby', Clarissa! It's been a long time coming! Enjoy the process, this is part of your journey as a writer too! Salute!

Clarissa Johal said...

Thanks, Sharon!!